While speaking with ESPN’s Marty Smith on Thursday, Gundy revealed he doesn’t know what the future holds for the Big 12. Just eight conference members remain without Oklahoma and Texas. The Cowboys are all of a sudden the leader in the clubhouse.
Gundy also proceeded to pass along an interesting nugget that he’s hearing the Big 12 is trying to stay “intact” through 2024. The future of the conference, beyond then, remains a mystery.
“I wish I knew,” Gundy said regarding the future of the Big 12, via Marty Smith. “I think anybody that says they really know the future is maybe stepping out of line. The goal, from what I hear, is that this league stays intact to (20)24.”
Asked Mike Gundy what Texas/OU leaving Big XII means for OSU:
Mike Gundy: "I wish I knew. I think anybody that says they really know the future is maybe stepping out of line. The goal, from what I hear, is that this league stays intact to (20)24."
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) July 29, 2021
It’s not too surprising even the Big 12’s head coaches don’t know where things stand in regards to the future of the conference. Oklahoma and Texas’ move to the SEC came seemingly out of nowhere. The Big 12 is still trying to figure out how things changed so quickly.
Oklahoma State, meanwhile, is the new leader of the Big 12 with Oklahoma and Texas out of the picture. Mike Gundy’s program could end up being an attractive option to other conferences hoping to benefit from the Big 12’s assumed collapse in coming years.
For now, Gundy and the Cowboys are focused on the 2021 season. But sooner or later, Oklahoma State will have to decide what’s best for itself.